The Gee Whiz Wonder of Salt Virgins

Age is superfluous at Bonneville. Young or old, it is all the same: wide-eyed wonder of a regal place constantly swirled with a riot of color, cackling thunder ripping out of homebuilt metal magic and the indescribable feeling of being so incredibly lucky to be there, to take part, to bear witness to the heart of motorsport still so pure and so welcoming.

You marvel that it exists at all.

That’s what coming to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the first time does to most everyone. It doesn’t matter what you might have read, heard, been told or watched, the real deal is a gargantuan knockout. Some freely admit this while others pretend not to be affected.

The American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association Calls Out LandSpeed Louise Seven Times

St. Peters, MO – The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association announced the winners of its 2017 Nationwide Media Contest. Presented for excellence in motorsports journalism, photography, broadcasting and books, the annual contest selects the top three entries for each of the 22 categories. “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth was recognized seven times: 4 First Place spots, 2 Second Place slots and 1 Third Place nod. All first places were for magazine writing: Feature, News, and a pair in the always-tough Technical categories. Demonstrating her indomitable competitive spirit to delve into several competition segments, her business reporting covered Road Racing …

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NHRA Midwest Nationals: Visual Cues

The ripple effect of the Houston Hurricane savagery found me stepping to help Rob Geiger at Geiger Media Global whose home and business were flooded out. This meant I went to the races watching not through my usual photog lens and storyteller hunter, but with the perspective of a PR person, guided by Geiger’s very specific agenda that would ensure his clients would not experience any interruption in service. Know this: I have much deeper understanding and consequential respect for how hard the public relations folks labor during a NHRA National event. While the “mission” was highly entertaining and educational, …

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Speed Stallions Saunter into Gateway Motorsports Park

This coming Saturday, not only will another winner snag points in the IndyCar series, but Gateway Motorsports Park will make its public mark as a viable, safe high-speed banked oval in the United States. Owner Curtis Francois doled out a bundle to repair and resurface the track to attract the series. It is money well spent. The once derelict facility has risen to first class prominence with the ability to host a NHRA Drag Racing National event, NASCAR Truck Racing and now the IndyCar Series – all in little over 5 years. As a motorsports photojournalist for the past 30 …

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Supersonic Voice of Black Rock Silenced

At St Clement Danes church in London on June 19th, 2017, we  sat silently in the pews, and most said  farewell to an Air Commodore of the Royal Air Force, but for me it was  “Vaya Con Dios Desert Witch.” Out of uniform, she was simply, wonderfully a loyal friend, with which to drink copious quantities of champagne, and explore some beach, woodland, or castle when we were not on some crazy adventure out on the Bonneville Salt Flats. In September 1997, it was a rag tag bunch of dirty Brits I met on the Black Rock Desert. It was …

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